Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-9/A A23-031 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport

On Tuesday 15 May, a third Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It was identified as A23-031 and it was heard to fly into Rocky from the South as "Raven 23".

Meanwhile, it appears that the land/sea joint-military training exercise has kicked-off in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) with existing two RAAF Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft that arrived into Rockhampton Airport over the weekend also taking to the air this week to complete their first sorties.

As mentioned below, the two PC-9s were identified as A23-020 and A23-022 and have been heard to complete sorties this week using the radio callsign of "Reaper".

The three PC-9s are flown by the RAAFs Number 4 Squadron (Forward Air Control) based at RAAF Base Williamtown.  Number 4 Squadron consists of three flights, with 'A Flight' comprising the aircrew responsible for operating the four Pilatus PC-9/A Forward Air Control (FAC) variant aircraft.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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